Holloman Services Squadron hosts basketball tourney
By 1st Lt. Phil Ventura, 49th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 28, 2007
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --
Seven varsity-level basketball teams from across the region converged on Holloman Feb. 23-25 to compete in a tournament hosted by the 49th Services Squadron's Fitness and Sports Center.
Holloman's team, led by coach Marcellues Hall, had a strong showing on their home court and claimed third place after losing a nail-biter versus the New Mexico All Stars, a semi-pro team from Albuquerque, in double-overtime.
The New Mexico All Stars went on to win the championship against Cannon Air Force Base's varsity squad.
Holloman's Nighthawks started the tournament strong, defeating Cannon 87-77 and a local group, Team Alamo, 84-62.
Unfortunately, a few of the team's key players sustained injuries during the second game, limiting their effectiveness and playing time for the rest of the tournament.
"Injuries really took us out of our rhythm," Coach Hall said. "It put gaps in our game and hurt our confidence."
The Nighthawks dropped their third game, against the New Mexico All Stars, 93-90; forcing them into the loser's bracket and creating a tournament re-match against Cannon, who won 79-71.
"Cannon was very good at exploiting our weaknesses," Coach Hall said. "They taught us the loopholes of our team."
Standout players from Holloman during the tournament included Taress Daniels, who scored a season-high 27 points against the New Mexico All Stars and posted an average of 19.5 points per game throughout the weekend, as well as Ernest Evans and Kevin Bullock, who were playing outside of their roles to compensate for injuries to teammates.
Teams from White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss and El Paso, Texas, also participated in the weekend tournament.
The Holloman Nighthawks play their next tournament in downtown Alamogordo, March16-18.